Andromedo Lembo.

Up close and personal with Andromedo Lembo.

She’s a creator and a maker who loves photography and styling. We sat her down and talked ‘personal value systems’.

Q1) Firstly, what do you love most about living in the gorgeous Illawarra region?

I’ve lived here for 6 years and it’s the beauty of the region that I love the most! Every night I can hear the ocean as I go to sleep and I wake up to the escarpment ‘on fire’ with those sunrises. There is also beauty to be found in the community I live in.

Q2) What are your two most important core values?

Kindness foremost is my most important core value, kindness to myself, to others and the environment we live in. Empathy is my other value and it sits perfectly with kindness, but it has me reaching for the tissues a lot.

Q3) How do you bring your core values to life every day?

I am kind to myself by having a good sense of self-worth. Kindness to others is easy when everything is peachy, but it’s more challenging when situations arise where people have conflicting views and different behavioural styles. Positive self-talk helps and I remind myself that everyone is on their own journey and that today might not be their day or their moment. I choose to make time to listen and help where I can.

Q4) What ethical impact do you make on your local community?

Two years ago I held a ‘wine and cheese night’ on my front lawn with local women. It was a fabulous night that left me thinking about organising another event and making it even more meaningful. So the following year I held the event again and we turned the night into a fundraiser for Chloe Saxby, a local girl with a rare terminal brain disease. The theme was ‘Wear a Crown, Grab a friend, Bring a plate to share and Donate’. It was a wonderful night of dress-ups and laughter and we raised $1000 for Chloe. This event has made me rethink what is truly important in life and what makes me happy.

Q5) Last but not least, is it true you married an Illawarra Hawks player? 

Ha! This is true, and when he read these questions he said: “They are just using you to get to me, I’m the one they really want to talk to!” Fortunately, our daughter seems to have inherited his basketball genes and he is loving watching her develop her skills!

Visit the wonderful Andromeda on her two collaboration accounts: Insta @m31_13m and also @thisjourney_now where she showcases the beauty of the Illawarra in breath-taking images.



Why do we struggle so much in our search for peace?

What I have found in my own life, and by talking to people in my work as a psychologist and yoga teacher is that most people are on the search for happiness and the search for peace. It is what we all ultimately want in life. Very often we think if we reach some sort of milestone, we will find this sense of everlasting happiness and peace. We hear people say so often – your childhood, school years, 20’s, 30’s, and so forth are the “best days of your life”, yet in this same respect they can also be the most challenging. Why is it that we are so addicted to this search for peace? Ultimately it is what we all want, right? To be happy, healthy and feel at peace. Yet so many of us live in a way that is in stark contrast to this due to this belief that if I get to certain place then I will find peace. If I have a certain job, dress a certain way, own a certain house on a particular street, travel to an exciting destination once a year, then maybe I will find peace. We spend our childhood wishing for adulthood for the privileges it brings. We spend our adulthood wishing away the week for the weekend, our next holiday, or sometimes even retirement. We seem to have the expectation that the grass will be greener on the other side, yet when we get there we often realise that it isn’t all we dreamt it to be, and the feelings of peace are only ever fleeting.

The way we relate to and manage our daily stressors can be a contributor to this “wishing life away” trap that we can find ourselves in. As humans we are predisposed to avoid things that present a danger, and this system has developed so well, that often we cannot tell the difference between real danger and perceived danger. This “wishing life away” trap can develop as a result of the relationship we have with our stress response. If we fantasise about the future and how much better it will be, it almost makes the present stressors more bearable. This can be an effective way of managing stress and discomfort in the short term, but in the long run it means we run the risk of missing out on the moments of bliss that are already right in front of us. Avoiding discomfort is a normal part of being human, yet the more we do it the more attractive it becomes, and we can start to do it without even realising! What we need to realise is that happiness and peace is not an everlasting feeling. We as humans need to feel all emotions, and unfortunately society tells us that we need to feel happy all the time to be considered “normal”. Marketing is great at trying to sell happy to us in the form of a product or service, but again this is always fleeting.

What I would like to suggest to you instead of getting stuck in the “wishing your life away” trap, is to spend some time getting to know yourself and your stress response. We cant banish all stress from our lives (as much as we wish we could), but if we can learn a new way of responding to our stressors, it may mean that we no longer need to wish our lives away for a short term sense of comfort. This is where yoga and meditation can become tools to assist us in becoming aware of our stress response as it arises on the mat, learning from it rather than fearing it, and taking all of this off the mat into our day to day lives. Evidence has proven that daily practice makes a difference in the way we can perceive stress. We cannot make change without shining the light of awareness first. I suggest you start with a beginners yoga or meditation course, like the ones offered at Manic Organic, or if you are not ready to join a group of people, perhaps consider free apps such as “Smiling Mind” to start your meditation journey.

If you are interested in learning more about the research and the science behind our stress response and how this take us away from our sense of peace and happiness, join me at my up and coming three part series at Manic Organic on Friday 23rd Feb, 2nd March and 9th March from 7-9pm. I will be teaching you evidence based practices that when practised frequently will assist you in finding a new way to manage your stress response, which will leave you with more moments of peace in your day to day life. Bookings available at manicorganic.com.au


What does it mean to live a creative life?

By Tegan Georgette

Creativity is about bringing something new into existence, or transforming something that already exists

Through my exploration into creative practice, I realised there is a creative ability within all of us. You may think creativity is only necessary in the life of an artist, yet it is true that creativity, when used correctly has a power to change anyone’s life.

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Beyond the vegemite sandwich: 5 tips for a supercharged lunchbox

By Lisa Moane


“Packing lunchboxes is my favourite time of the day!” – said no parent ever.

I totally understand, packing lunchboxes is a total pain, but the good news is that it’s just as easy to pack a supercharged, healthy lunchbox, as it is to pack a nasty one that’s going to set your child up for yawning or distracted behaviour all afternoon.

The most common item in a lunchbox is, hands-down, a sandwich. It’s great that you’re making a home-made lunch for your child, but we can do ever better!! Sandwiches can be lacking in key nutrients and be carb heavy.

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Photograph by Alex Lau | Recipe via Bon Appetit

You can also use radishes or golden beets (red beets will turn everything pink!) in place of the turnips.


Heat oven to 350°. Combine garlic and 1 1/4 cups oil in a small baking dish. Cover dish with foil and roast until garlic is golden brown and tender, 45–50 minutes; let cool.

Remove garlic from oil; squeeze cloves from skins and finely chop to a paste. Process in a food processor along with goat cheese, 1/4 cup garlic roasting oil, and 2 Tbsp. water until smooth (mixture should be spreadable); season with salt and pepper.

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